Type J October 20, 2011 by Shiva Rose Type J October 20, 2011 I must be getting older. Fifteen years ago when I had my eldest daughter, I never really thought much about how she would make her way in the world. This time around with my six year old, I feel the pressure of laying the ground work for who she will become. How much of someone's future path is determined by genetics, and how much from environmental factors? The world has changed so much in the last five years. Jobs and careers that were once mainstays in society have disappeared. I hear every day about college graduates with Masters degrees that can't find any work. Should I send my youngest to a very traditional public school where she will be reading and writing by first grade, or to the Waldorf school where she will learn about the poetry in language and how vital a connection to the earth is? I think the future will lie in the hands of visionaries who think outside of the box. Take Steve Jobs. His success was built on his failures and using his imagination. At times I get frustrated that I'm not as efficient as Gwenyth Paltrow. She really seems to accomplish everything there is and more! She also seems happy. I wonder if her children are at a traditional school? When I asked my man (yes we are back) if I was a type A personality, he said . . . "no Rosita . . . you're a type J"! As much as I want to be a type A, I have to face the truth that I'm disorganized, spacey, indecisive and ultimately a dreamer. Will the school I choose determine if my daughter is type A or J? Which type does our future planet need? Perhaps a mix of both: Type J's to come up with solutions and Type A's to implement them. This week we have a recipe from my friend Anna Getty who is living the green life in Tuscany, a webisode on a fantastic vintage store in Venice, an introduction to Camille who is truly an earth mama and pumpkins!!